Andre Brown has been stellar as the New York Giants' No. 2 running back, but he's going to be on the shelf for awhile after suffering a leg injury Sunday night in the Giants' win over the Green Bay Packers.
According to the Giants' Twitter account, Brown broke his fibula:
RB Andre Brown broke his fibula per Coach Coughlin. Listen live on Giants.com or WFAN66am— New York Giants (@Giants) November 26, 2012
UPDATE: Monday, November 26 at 2:13 p.m. ET
Terrible news for Giants fans and fantasy owners as Andre Brown is reportedly done for the season, according to Newark Star-Ledger's Jenny Vrentas.
Not sure if this was out there already: But after further tests today, RB Andre Brown is done for the year, source says. #nyg— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) November 26, 2012
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UPDATE: Monday, November 26 at 9am ET
It is not confirmed that Andre Brown will miss the entire season, according to Newark Star-Ledger's Jenny Vrentas.
[Tom] Coughlin did not specify if the injury would keep Brown out for the rest of the season. A person briefed on Brown's status said it's not certain yet if it's a season-ending break, and the 25-year-old running back will undergo more tests today to determine.
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Prior to leaving the game, Brown had 64 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. He was working very well with Ahmad Bradshaw in the Giants' ground game, providing great balance for Eli Manning and the New York offense.
With Brown out of the lineup for the foreseeable future, rookie ball-carrier David Wilson is going to see an uptick in his workload. Wilson primarily plays on special teams now, but he will bring some speed to the Giants' backfield.
Brown isn't a star-caliber name, but he did have eight rushing touchdowns this year before suffering this injury. He's been reliable, and that's important. Also, he provides a goal-line punch that no other ball-carrier brings to the table unless you count bruising fullback Henry Hynoski.
Because of his ability to run between the tackles, Brown becomes even more valuable to the Giants' offensive success.
When you consider that the Giants were the NFL's worst running team last season, the team has made tremendous strides. That doesn't only point to Bradshaw's success as the team's starter; it also shows the team's strong depth.
This isn't how Brown wants to end his season. It's hard to tell how long he will be out, but it's going to be awhile.
Stay tuned for updates.